Monday, May 12, 2014

The Weekend That Was.


I hope you were spoiled rotten yesterday (as my friend to her kids "this is a day for loads of sucking up") or you enjoyed taking your Mum out to brunch? After three nights on the turps and tucker, I decided to stay in my darkened room all day reading my new romcom book, You Had Me At Hello (Mancunian author, she's genius). I'm not going to say "guilty pleasure" as I do have the very worthy  The Luminaries right next to it (anyone got through it?).

Remember New Blue? I had it copied off a friend's



Saturday night it was out to Oakland Museum Gala (pronounced "gayla" here). I added a small tiara to the mix, bought from Britex in San Fran. You can spend hours in this fabric, buttons, beads and "notions" place. You have to hold your shoulders back in this frock. I attended the Mrs Shirley Dibble School of Ballet for many a good year but my posture is still rubbish.

The night before it was out to Bellanico with Platinum sistahs, Danita and Kathleen (they are my role models for aging nicely. Kathleen is 55 and Danita is 58). We added sformarto (artichoke custard) to our vocab. Please note that just because three glasses of wine are a "flight" it doesn't feel like a singular thing the next morning. I found this out.

Kathleen, me and Danita out on a Fridee night
Casunziel (beet pasta) and Sformato (artichoke custard)

My friend Cameron who lives down in LA sent me this photo of a Bollywood school fundraiser party she helped organise -  can you believe their whole auction raised $1million? She said she had tickets to Sat's night's premiere of Adam Sandler's new movie and as Tallulah and Cy saw him as one of the top five most important persons in the world - would they like to come down and maybe meet him? I couldn't see how we could make it happen but Cy had a solution: "If he changes it to the morning, I could be back for my baseball game at 1.30pm."

Cameron at their Bollywood party

Put in a binge watch bringing me up to date on Mad Men and Girls. I had despaired of both; Don was seriously irritating me with his eternal darkness and Girls was sad. Both are better than ever. Don has somewhat got his comeuppance which is a relief and Girls has become LOL hilarious; self-referential Hannah is even more compelling and lovable. Did you see the scene where she rides her bike into a Hamptons town in her teeny bikini ("It's the beach!") and is banned from a store. Now that's being comfortable with your bod.

According to the NY Times Megan could be in for a Sharon Tate end.  Obsessive fans have noticed that Megan even has the same green phone in her new canyon cottage as Sharon Tate had (and I thought I was obsessive)

Megan in LA starts to take on Sharon Tate (baby doll dress, big hair) style
Megan's new canyon home in LA, green phone right at the back

So what was my mother's day like? I awoke to Tallulah, 12, and Cy, 10 scrapping downstairs. Cy had walked down to the corner coffee shop at 7.30am (he waited 30 mins for it to open) for my latte. When he got home Tallulah plonked the latte on her tray to take up to me. Tears and recriminations ensured. And so the day begins...
Some of the tray -  Tallulah and Cy didn't want to have their photo taken together

It was a stellar day for anyone who went outside (I didn't)
Another good note from the bloody kids

Phew, that was a lot for a Monday - now tell me everything about your weekend!

49 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a good Mother's Day. Perfectly imperfect is the best kind. You look gorgeous in that gown: it's the perfect colour for you. And love the tiara. How deliciously glamourous!

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    1. Hi Jen, Love the rockstuds you got for your M's Day!

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  2. I love the dress and I love that you got to wear a tiara, I have 3 tiaras in my cupboard but have only ever worn 1 and that was for fancy dress. At least I'll be prepared should the right occasion present itself!
    The weekend here was grey and wet but on the plus side 5 out of the 6 cricket matches were cancelled - that's what I call a good result!

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    1. Oh three tiaras, you will have to action one for grocery shopping next time

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  3. Hello,

    Now, wearing a tiara, that is something we should all aspire to on a Tuesday morning! Why wait for a Gala opportunity? Indeed, it could be that a Gala may not be happening here anytime soon so we need to wear our tiaras for shopping in the market! So be it......where you lead, we shall follow!

    You look fabulous in your blue gown and the hairstyle is perfect. So very stylish and Grace Kelly. You must certainly have turned heads. Perfect!

    And, what a wonderful note from your children. You are obviously very much loved and that is so delightful.

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  4. Lovely dress! Very elegant.

    I spent my weekend motorbiking in the Pyrenees... in the sun! Fab.

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    1. Yay, hope you said hi to it for me. I had my head down so far on that bikeride that I didn't see half of it!

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    2. I did think of you cycling up those huge beasties of mountains, and decided you must be mad (but fit!). I was very happy to be on the back of a motorbike. :)

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  5. You are an absolute doll in that frock. I love it. I love the Platinum girls, too. They are beautiful!! I am a mother to animals only, (ie NO children-just thought I'd clarify...) Mr Fascinata brought me a bottle of VC and flowers anyway. Went to dinner Friday night and ate a kilo of soft shell crab. No gay-las here. Xx

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    1. Oh soft shell crab, lovely, how on earth do they survive under the sea to be big enough to eat. Mr FFF is brilliant. Was thinking of you loads when searching out my tiara, so many feathers and notions I can imagine you using

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  6. I was lucky to have one kid present for Mother's Day. The other called. Flowers, chocolate, dinner out with my mother..it was nice but a bit sad. Next year I doubt either of the kids will be home. They are growing up and out of the house too rapidly.

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    1. Hard to believe it happens when they're small isn't it?

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  7. Glad you had a fabulous day! Looks like lots of fun! I did read The Luminaries and loved it! Surely now I can get through war and peace?

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    1. Wow, wendy I'm impressed I've read the first 16 pages about five times now.

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    2. War & Peace was WAAAAAAY better! One of my favourite books. Evah.

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  8. Sounds like you had a really good Mother's Day. You all do age nicely! And that Casunziel looks delicious!

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    1. Anything with beet is good with me as kevin hates it and we can't have it in the house

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  9. That blue dress is so fantastic! You are a total vision of beauty!
    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Mine was full of food, booze and sloth!

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    1. I am the original weekend sloth. Jackson said the other day some of the sloths fall off trees because they mistake their arms for branches.

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  10. Wow, on the go indeed at your show. A bloody well great letter too haha

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  11. You look smashing in that dress!

    Your kids are a riot!

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  12. Your blue dress is amazing, just love that color.

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    1. I love the photo of your mother on your blog today, she did look so much like a young Susan Hayward!

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  13. Cute article! Your Mother's Day was much more adventurous then mine. I had my elves do my chores. Organizing my desk, a present I request every year from my husband and my daughter helping fold and purge old clothes! The night was topped off with dinner/breakfast and The Buttercup Grill. Two poached eggs with hash browns and fruit! The restaurant gave all the mom's chocolate dipped strawberries !! Was a fun day! Back to my new organized desk! Will see how long it last. At least I know it will get an cleaning next Mother's Day! - Danita

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  14. Jody sounds like a perfect day reading in bed. Love your blue frock. It's so flattering and I wish I had your posture. My 5 years of ballet just gave me turned out feet! Looking forward to our meet up for lunch! x

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    1. Hi! Loved your white jean post today, must action one of my own as had to replace the old white-grey-yellow ones...I longed to have that turned out feet thing, still pigeon toed - did not practise enough!

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  15. You look GORG in your blue dress. Did finish The Luminaries, but could have spent the time better by watching my nails dry. Lovely note from your Tutti Fruitti! What more do you need!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, Oh now I'm not feeling so guilty about the beautiful cover being my tea coaster for the last six months. There are practically no books I can't read(oops grammar) but this has proved to be one. Feeling unpatriotic as written by 28 year old Kiwi woman, don't tell her!

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  16. Love the dress..and the Mother's Day note! One son came home and handed me a slightly wilted bunch of tulips while he younger one threw a card at me (literally) while I was sitting on the couch watching a movie Sunday night....good times. Judging from the reports on my Facebook news feed it appears that everyone else's kids spared no expense or effort on Mother's Day preparations..obviously I'm raising a couple of underachievers. I so enjoyed this season of "Girls", much improved over last season's depressing vibe.....and the bikini in the Hamptons episode was stellar.

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    1. Denise, join teh club. I imagine there was loads of kevin's ultimatums and wheedling behind the scenes to get the three cards our of them. Which reminds me Harley owes me one. Cy printed out some goblets of wine and a photo of Teddy - your favourite things, he said. Not sure if that is a good impression of a mother or not?

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  17. OK, there is no way I'm going to believe that anyone in that photo is 50-anything. Seriously?? NO WAY!

    I hadn't thought anything about Megan Draper meeting a Sharon Tate end, but now that you've posted that photo of her apartment it looks SO MUCH like where she died, couch and all. OK, I was thinking it was going to end on a high note, but now I'm scared about how it's going to end.

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    1. Wow, really? I had previously thought she lived in a mansion, but now I know..

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    2. It was an expensive house, but a million dollar home in LA is a very small house. But I was only referring to the room where Sharon Tate's body was found. It looked a lot like Megan's living room.

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  18. Your cute Mother's Day note must have made you smile and made your day too! What a gorgeous dress in a fabulous shade of blue. I too have a dress where I have to stand up straight with shoulders back (memories of my ballet class days too!)

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    1. Old MRs Dibble would be rolling around in her grave if she saw me slumping along (or maybe she wouldn't be surprised)

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  19. Ahhh...love the note your children gave you!! So sweet & funny at the same time. I loved the 'Being a kick ass mom' bit!! Makes me think of my youngest who at the moment is copying everything that everyone says and she heard from someone some swear words & we are currently trying to get her to not repeat them, thankfully she only does in the house, it's quite funny but cringy at the same time!! Hahaha!! xx

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    1. I know. Its like I'm not sure whether to be chuffed or be worried she uses those phrases and worse truth be told.

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  20. You do look really lovely in that blue outfit.

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  21. Laughing so hard at that letter!! Bloody kids indeed! My mum always said she hated mothers day because of all the fighting my sisters and I would do.

    Love your glam blue dress. Cannot believe the pics of the fundraiser for a school???? Not only is it putting our Royal Flying Doctor's ball to shame in the decor stakes, but in the amount raised... guess it has some hard hitting big wigs among the parent body.

    Was despairing at how depressing Mad Men was getting, but Monday's episode (hot off the satellite apparently) lifted my spirits somewhat, now that Don's back.

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    1. Just wish he would appreciate Megan more. le sigh. But then he wouldn't be Don and the writers would be being namby pamby. I am dying to know what is going to happen to old Betty, she just never seems to get it does she?

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  22. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to put in effort for Mother's Day. Don't get me wrong, I would be completely fine with it being an average day, but this year she insisted on throwing multiple tantrums throughout the day. Guess she wanted to make sure I knew I was a mother....

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    1. That's exactly it. She is chaneling a toddler to the t!

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  23. You look regal in that dress.

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    1. Thanks P. I wish my kids would bow to my authority.

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  24. I am having the best time catching up on ALW after a crazy week that involved 'sex on the bus' inquisition for some of my spec. ed adult students....so that was my week. Back to your gorgeous blue gown. WOW...how pretty you look! I adore both Mad Men and Girls. I'm glad Don has gotten off the sauce a bit. That new canyon place.....how cool. Love it all. Happy weekend!!
    xx, Heather

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  25. Holy heck! Now those are words that provoke further enquiry, I would have google nosy but afraid what will come up on my computer forever afterwards!

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